In a dramatic second day of action on the tennis courts of Rio, world No.1 Novak Djokovic was left in tears after being dumped out of the Olympic Games. Just hours after Serena and Venus Williams had suffered a shock defeat in the first round of the women’s doubles, world No. 1 Djokovic was beaten 7-6 7-6 by Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro. Djokovic has dominated the men’s game in recent years and had made it a priority to win an Olympic gold medal, the only major prize that still eludes him. “Deplo was the better player and he deserves to win. That’s sport,” Djokovic told reporters.
In the decisive moments, he just came up with some extraordinary tennis and I have to congratulate him. “It’s very sad and disappointing to go out of the tournament this early but I am glad that a good friend of mine, who has struggled with injuries, has won. “It’s one of the toughest losses in my life and career. The wounds are still fresh.” Djokovic’s defeat came on a day where the Williams sisters, reigning champions, suffered their first ever defeat at the Games in 16 matches. The two men who are also friends, were visibly emotional and shared a warm embrace over the net at the end of the game in which the Brazilian crowd produced an electric atmosphere.
Seeded first at the tournament, the Americans were beaten 6-3 6-4 in 93 minutes. The sisters, who won the women’s doubles title in 2000, 2008 and 2012, were stunned in the first round by the Czech pairing of Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova. “We honestly didn’t play our best whatsoever tonight. We played terrible and that basically showed in the results,” stated the William sisters. This defeat capped a couple of miserable days for older sibling Venus, who was dumped out of the singles draw in the first round by Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens.
Earlier Sunday, Serena started the defense of her singles title with a 6-4 6-2 win over Australia’s Daria Gavrilova. She will play Alize Cornet in the second round after the French player overcame Sweden’s Johanna Larsson. Let’s see if Serena can defend her title as the Champion, or she as well faces an upset in the next game. Second day of these 2016 Olympics will be remembered as the day of upsets. This is it for now, stay tuned for the 3rd day report on Rio Olympics.